Civil society - Part 6

posted by julia on 2006/07/27 22:35

[ Civil society ]

Lost Highway Expedition: A massive movement of individuals will pass through Ljubljana, Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina, Tirana, Podgorica and Sarajevo from July 30 to August 24 of 2006. The expedition will generate projects, art works, networks, architecture and politics based on knowledge found along the highway. Projects developed from the expedition will lead to events in Europe and the US. Lost Highway Expedition is the first event of Europe Lost and Found, a multi annual and three-phased project, conceived by the artist/architects Kyong Park and Marjetica Potrc. To participate, please check the web or email

Lost Highway Expedition is a project by the School of Missing Studies and Centrala Foundation including: Azra Akšamija, Katherine Carl, Ana Dzokic, Ivan Kucina, Marc Neelen, Kyong Park, Marjetica Potrc and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, together with partners in the cities of the Lost Highway Expedition.

Lost Highway Expedition is about constructing and
experiencing an experimental network-based civic society
that navigates the
new and dynamic territorialities of the Western Balkans and explores new
modes of linking its different entities. While on the road, Lost Highway Expedition will travel around the future of
the Western Balkans and European Union and produce projects about: a) borders as creative spaces, b) citizenship and negotiation of citizens rights, c) interactions between vertical authority and bottom-up initiatives, d) architectural inventions coming from transition, e) spatial instruments for new socio-political negotiations, f) parallel systems which exist in the Western Balkans and European Union, g) emerging networks between the cities in the Western Balkans, h) other missing studies.

At each city along the route, Lost Highway Expedition will interact with
the projects of local organizations and groups about the issues they find
relevant for the future of their own contexts. In tandem with a wide
international network, participating local organizations so far include:
KUC (Ljubljana); Platforma 9.81, (Novi Sad), Prelom kolektiv
(Belgrade), Belgrade SMS, Missing Identity (Kosovo), Press to Exit (Skopje)
and (Sarajevo), and more participants will be added to this
preliminary network.

The expedition program and events will result from the interaction between
the local and the traveling participants. The collaboration between these
different cultural organizations, artist groups and individuals may include
very different forms of participation, discussion or production. By
blurring the boundaries between the roles of host and guest, LHE aims to
examine and negotiate emerging territorial concepts and societal networks
in the Western Balkans and their implications for the future of the
European Union

As the Lost Highway Expedition is a self-generating open source network,
you are encouraged to invite other people, groups or organizations to join
You are expected to self-organize, support, and realize your journey.
You do not have to travel or stay together, and you can enter and exit the
expedition for any length of time and at any point. To start creating our
temporary community even before we meet along LHE, we invite you to
register and contribute to the expedition’s exchange platform at:
There, you can find your possible project
partners, travel mates, or practical information, and you can also help
construct the infrastructure and the content of the platform with your
projects, skills and contributed information.

Lost Highway Expedition is about participation, education,
self-organization, networking and exchange of knowledge and resources. Many
traveling minds will build a traveling consciousness, in which people are
connected while staying individually different
. Aiming to locate or invent
the future, we will be moving in order to discover where we are going. Our
voyage to the unknown territories of the future implies that the future is
not only to be found, but also constructed, and this is what we would like
you to do….



This weblog is a forum for discussion on the political and social processes linked to EU integration in the Western Balkans. We would also like to use this space to create a virtual network of researchers on this topic. You are most welcome to contribute to this weblog with comments, postings, links, or photos. Please use the "add comment" function at the end of each posting!
All photos by the Photo Arts Collective of Kosovo. First photo by Burim Myftiu (Swimming olympiade in Klina). Second photo by Mimoza. Third photo by Dashmir Izairi.
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